Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Giveaway Day!

Welcome new and returning visitors to The History Quilter blog.  For those of you whom are new to The History Quilter, welcome!  If you are a podcast listener and love quilting, garden, cooking and a few other things I throw in, please check out my podcast called The History Quilter which you can find on iTunes and Podbean.  

It's finally here!  The wonderful, amazing, time-killer Giveaway Day hosted by Sew Mama Sew that happens twice a year.  We've all waited seven months since the last one and today is the day.  Get ready boys and girls...here we go! 
It's all about the quilting fabric in this Giveaway.  A kit and a charm pack.  Don't they sound cute together?


A Kit and a Charm Pack
For the Kit:  Hungarian Blue by Sue Zipkin for Clothworks.  Includes all the fabric to complete the quilt top and binding (no backing fabric) which measures out at 61" x 78" finished.  I've used this fabric on two other projects and I just love it as the colors are vibrant and....blue.  My favorite color.  Go here to see the pattern pdf.

Hungarian Blue Quilt Pattern
For the Charm Pack:  Flurry by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics.  42 squares of assorted reds, greens, blue and whites just waiting to be quilted up into a table runner, place mats or perhaps small Christmas bags?  Vanessa of V & Co. has a wonderful tutorial for bunting made with a charm pack called Moda Charm Pack Celebration Flag

Flurry Charm Pack by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics

Before I continue PLEASE make sure I can get in touch with you.  It's a major bummer to read a super cool comment from someone whom I cannot reply back too.  This giveaway will be open until Friday, December 16th at 5PM PST after which I will chose a winner within 24 hours and have the package out the door on Monday, December 19th.  

Who can enter:  Anybody as I am happy to ship anywhere in the world. 
How to enter:  Leave me a comment about something new you have tried, somewhere new you have gone, someone new you have met,etc. - tell me about new things that have been discovered in your life.  If you can't think of anything  - go with one of my favorite subjects: food.  

Enjoy Giveaway Day...or Giveaway Week as some of us are calling it....and Good Luck! Click here to go back to the Sew Mama Sew Blog for more linkups.  
Susan

301 comments:

  1. Last weekend, I tried a new recipe. I made Red Velvet Crackle cookies. They are on Mmmm is for Mommy's blog. Super yummy!

    Mary
    iammaryburke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Tried Bargello for the first time this weekend and it turned out okay - I have three more placemats and a table runner to perfect the technique thankfully. :)

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  3. I am enjoying discovering new recipes on Pinterest! Cheesesticks, meatballs, etc.

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  4. Hmm.. I tried quilting with polyester batting. It worked but I really like cotton (warm and natural) a lot better.
    geneblack aT gmail d0T com

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  5. Great fabric giveaway, Susan!
    I just made a new tree skirt for our tree & it's amazing how a new little project just brightens things up & gives you such pleasure!

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  6. The giveaway days are definitely time-eaters, not just getting round all the posts, but finding so many lovely new bloggers to fill up my GReader!

    This has been my first year quilting, and I recently made my first project without a pattern, a Christmas table runner. Scary, but I'm so pleased with it :)

    laura.cracknell(at)yahoo.co.uk

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  7. I had a new type of french toast at a restaurant and am now trying to find a recipe to duplicate it.

    ajoyfulnoise (at) live (dot) com

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  8. I recently tried making zucchini chocolate chip cookies as a "healthy" treat. I will never make regular ones ever again! So crazy good! Here is the recipe if you would like to try:

    Spiced Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Ingredients
    1 cup butter, softened
    1 cup granulated sugar
    1 cup dark brown sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    4 cups whole wheat flour
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 small zucchini, grated ( 2 very full cups of finely grated zucchini)
    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    Directions
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with Parchment paper.
    Cream butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
    Add egg, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and salt to the butter mixture, gradually; mix well.
    Stir in zucchini.
    Fold in chocolate chips.
    Drop by teaspoonfuls with two (2) inches between each cookie onto the cookie sheets.
    Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden.
    Do not over-bake (bottoms will turn black when overdone even if the top looks good).
    Let stand to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove and place on wire racks to allow to cool completely.

    This recipe makes A LOT! Cut in half if you don’t want a giant pile of delicious cookies.

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  9. oh what fun!! um... i'm watching a new (to us) children's show called Pocoyo... and gutlaughing with my little girls!

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  10. I tried designing my own table runner and about pulled my hair out! I really wanted to throw it away but it was for a swap partner and that wasn't an option! She loves it and that is all that matters. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  11. I have just finished a new cardigan and a new quilt.

    Thanks for this giveaway

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  12. I had a great trip this year and discovered the north central California coast. We went to redwood forests with original growth, wineries and whale watching. There are artist colonies and lighthouses, tide pools and old homes. We loved it.

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  13. Not usually a huge fan of almonds but after trying hershey kisses with almonds I am totally hooked..yum!

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  14. I recently tried a new Christmas chocolate recipe. I think it will be added to the annual list :)

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  15. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cake - Delish!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. hmmmmmmmmmm. Let's see I'm always doing new things. But, my Beachgreens order came with a great new recipe using Butternut Squash and Collard Greens (or Kale) made into a savory bread pudding. It was very yummy.

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  17. I have moved to TX a month ago...so living in the US, that´s it.

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  18. We got some brand new bantam chickens this week. We don't have any other pets, so it's very new and exciting for us! They're only 12 weeks old, and they're destined to be 'pet' chickens for our 3 & 5 year old as opposed to just egg-producing chickens. :)

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  19. I've tried fmq'ing.. failed, but tried, its my new years resolution!

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  20. I just made myself some fingerless gloves using a pattern I got on ravelry and I LOVE them! So much that I'm making one or two more pairs!

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  21. something new I tried this month was making salt dough ornaments with my 16month old... it was a mess - but she's painting them for family

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  22. A recent recipe discovery is Shoo-Fly Cake - a yummy cake version of the classic Pennsylvania Dutch treat, Shoo-Fly Pie.
    quiltlady59 at fuse dot net

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  23. I made a chocolate sheet cake this weekend. It was the first time I made it, but I remember my mom making it for us on special occasions many years ago!

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  24. I recently tried making butternut squash macaroni and cheese - SO DELICIOUS!

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  25. I recently discovered I love frozen yogurt! A new place called Yobe opened near us and it is divine!

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  26. A totally random something new...
    I purchased these knee-high fuzzy chenille-like socks from Target recently and I LOVE them. Cheapo, on a whim, looked too comfy to pass up purchase that turned into one of my all time favorites. Last night it was in the mid 20's (F) and boy was I glad to have these toasty socks on. :)

    Thanks for this great giveaway!

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  27. I tried a new bag tutorial online...it was a free tutorial...and it wasn't the greatest, I had to fix parts...but it had little feet on the bottom of the bag and that was totally new for me. =)

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  28. I had a new experience of having a table at a craft and bake sale... :P

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  29. I tried this new burrito place next to our house called Qdoba. Five cheese queso, yum! I might have to go there for lunch now lol

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  30. I recently tried falafel. I tend to have the palette of a 5 year old so that was a stretch for me but it was actually pretty good!

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  31. I just cut out and appliqued letters onto a project for the first time ever this weekend for my step-son's Christmas stocking and I'm really proud of it!

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  32. i tried Ginger and loved it.
    :)

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  33. This isn't exactly new but this year I had the opportunity to go to Disneyland for the first time since I was 4 years old. It was a lot of fun to go with my kids.

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  34. Ohhh I just made my daughter a Christmas quilt with the Flurry line! It's GORGEOUS!!! I adore it. I used it all up!

    I recently tried Indian food- YUM

    Thank you for the opportunity to win your giveaway! Happy Holidays to you and your family <3 xo

    krencamp (at) gmail (dot) com

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  35. Pulled pork. I'd never had pulled pork until we moved to the south and I love it.

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  36. My sister and I made Baklava yesterday - something our Mom used to make for Christmas. We used Joy of Cooking's recipe, not the same as our Mom's (couldn't find hers), but actually better - very lemony.

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  37. Just this weekend I tried to make some popcorn garland with my kids, but the fun was to see the corn pop, not so much to do the garland :D

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  38. How about something new I have tried. Eight years ago we moved from the UK to France to live!!! Just thinking about it brings me out in hives, how we had the courage to do it I do not know, but do it we did. Linda

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  39. I used to hate it, but now I can't get enough of Greek and Lebanese food. I'm glad I re-tried it this year. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. A few years ago I went on an oriental cooking binge and discovered that we had a lot of new favorite foods!

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  41. I am trying to stay on task at work on Giveway day. Yes, something I have never tried.

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  42. Made my first zipped pouch - zips aren't so scary after all!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  43. I love the way you called this a "time-killer" So true! And so much fun!

    My latest new thing is a YouTube channel for family videos. It's private, but a fun way to share.

    lorrieorr (at) gmail.com

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  44. I just made baklava:) Thanks for the chance!

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  45. I tried printing on fabric with my printer this weekend. I really like it. I'm using it to make pillows for the living room.

    Brevistraex@gmail.com

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  46. i recently did some sewing with suede. it is fun.

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  47. Hmmm... well I have something new... a new name! I got married in September and am still trying to remember that I don't have the same name anymore! :)

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  48. Something new would be knitting! I promised myself I would never knit and earlier this year I taught myself and now I'm on my 5th pair of socks this year! I love this blue fabric and Kate Spain is one of my favorites. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  49. I may have a chance to start a new life in Paris...

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  50. Something new is moving to small town France, knowing no French! I moved here to rejoin my fiance just about a month ago and have been enjoying the language struggles, the food, the Christmas festivities and everything inbetween.

    Thanks for the giveaway
    Sarah @ http://kiwigetscrafty.blogspot.com

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  51. This Christmas I made a tree skirt, which was something I'd never done before. It wasn't that hard in the grand scheme of things, but I was really proud of it all the same.

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  52. I went to Iceland in November, it was spectacular!

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  53. Food is one of my favorite subjects too. This weekend I tried a new recipe for pecan pie cookies. They didn't exactly turn out as I expected because they spread a lot, but they taste good!

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  54. I tried to do Free Motion Quilting. I have to practise on, but it is really fun.

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  55. New thing I tried this year was volunteering to serve on my community's Library Advisory Commission. My husband and I read to much (and check out so many books from our library), and I thought it would be good to support my library.
    thanks!

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  56. I tried (successfully!) making pajamas for my kids. Now I can't wait to make more garments!

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  57. I'm new to Free Motion Quilting.

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  58. I discovered I CAN hand sew, I still hate it but I can do it :o) I love the blues!!!!! Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!!!!

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  59. Such a sweet giveaway! I love new things too, and this year I learned to sew inset circles. Yay! I feel like all kinds of possibilities opened up with that - I don't know why I was so intimidated by curves before!

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  60. I just tried making dresden plate quilt blocks and I'm kinda lovin the old fashion appeal.

    Wonderful quilt kit! thank you!

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  61. I just ran a (in person) quilting bee. It went much better than I thought it would!

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  62. a new thing i tried was spinning my own yarn from wool roving..im horrible at it :) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  63. I am just starting to learn to embroider. I'm doing a sampler that will hang in my daughters room, once its complete.

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  64. I just tried a new cookie recipe with pudding in it. yum!!

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  65. New everything! Moved from VT where I lived my whole life, to VA. New job, new state!

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  66. While it might not be totally craft related, I taught myself how to build furniture this year. I built a storage bench complete with a custom padded bench top.

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  67. I just had a baby in January and let me tell you boys are quite the adventure. Most of the bottom half of the Christmas tree has been removed of all decorations = )

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  68. Something new I discovered in the food category was farro. Love it.

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  69. I'm new to quilting - I've been at it for about a month now. I'm having a lot of fun learning.

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  70. New - felting sweaters for reuse. roguekeri at live dot com

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  71. i made pipe cleaner/borax crystal snowflakes and blew bubbles in the freezing cold.
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  72. We joined a Rev war reenactment group and I am learning how to sew 18th century clothes. Merry Christmas!

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  73. I recently tried eating beans. Strange but for my entire life I've hated beans. So I made some homemade refried beans and they were delicious. Here's to trying new things!!

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  74. I tried hot yoga recently - it was crazy intense, but fun to do something new!

    needlegrrl at gmail

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  75. I tried going a week without watching tv...I did not succeed! lol

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  76. I tried making a dresden for the first time recently. It was fun! :)

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  77. I want to try Pilates! christina112358 at gmail dot com

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  78. I tried hand applique for the first time, and surprisingly, LOVE IT! Now I have visions of applique dancing in my head...

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  79. i made a wonky little stars pillow and runner just from looking at a picture

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  80. I recently tried a restaurant that served a cross between sushi and french cooking. Interesting, and delicious!

    j_poshusta@yahoo.com

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  81. i sewed some cozy pj pants fo rthe first time!
    Karli
    k_squared4t@hotmail.com

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  82. My new love is Pinterest. I have made so many new recipes from there. Look one up calle Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin. Oh my gosh good.

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  83. I have been learning how to knit socks. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  84. My newest fascination is felting wool sweaters and repurposing wool coats etc into wall hangings. So fun.
    ramona_murray(at)comcast(dot)net

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  85. I just started making waldorf dolls.

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  86. I'm taking a fitness class that is new to our local YMCA. It's called R.I.P.P.E.D. It's fun; part toning, part cardio, but I'm not "ripped" yet.

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  87. This is my first time to become a mother. New thing for me..
    Thx for the chance to win ^^v

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  88. Since living in Japan I am addicted to anything matcha (green tea) flavored

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  89. I have met a new friend this year who has a lot of the same interests as I do! She always makes me laugh when she calls!
    brooke at richardchurch dot com

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  90. I just tried making cake balls recently, they were so good!
    libbyanne at live.com

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  91. Tried a new recipe last night that was wonderful. Sauteed green, red, yellow and orange peppers, added sour cream and served over pork chops!

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  92. My something new for this week is a new food - it is my new favourite food for special occasions (if I had it all the time I would not fit in my house) it is a Pavlova layered Dessert I had at a Christmas Party this week. It is in this months Australian Better Homes and Gardens and it is to die for.

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  93. I have been eating more salads lately which is new for me.
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  94. I am currently doing the groundwork to try two new things - paper piecing and free motion quilting. Does that count?

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  95. I tried appliqué (on a potholder). It was "meh". Didn't make me happy like piecing does! I really like your podcast, I have listening since the summer. Thanks for the giveaway, such pretty fabric!

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  96. Something new I've tried ... I am SUCH a picky eater, but the other day I tried a new cheese! It's unheard of for me. :)

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  97. quilting is new to me. I like it.

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  98. I have been making quilted items since (blush!) 1970...and what I have learned that is NEW is that I just love to make small, very intricate quilted items, and try new things when I do it! I guess that means that it IS possible to teach an old quilter new tricks! Great, huh? I just love those blues!

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  99. Thanks for a fabulous giveaway. I'm relatively new to blogging and loving it.

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  100. I made a hare mobile out of wool felt - it was fab to work with :)

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  101. Now if you have never tried it you should make a Pavlova. I great New Zealand dessert

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  102. Love the Hungarian blue colors!

    Something new I did in 2011: renovating the house myself (putting molding, painting, wallpapering etc), I love the results, saved tons of money and am very proud on it and I started a language course in Spanish :)

    Something I plan for 2012: make my very first own quilt (still saving up fabrics and courage) and start a language study Latin or a course in reupholstering.

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  103. I recently just learned a new way to make HSTs and it really changed my whole quilting experience. ;) It's nice that something small like learning a new trick can make such a difference.

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  104. I just tried making handmade soap! And it worked! It came out perfect, it smells so good! Everyone will be getting a piece of soap this year!

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  105. I tried out a new recipe the other day, it was a disaster but at least I tried eh?

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  106. Went raspberry and blackberry picking for the first time today. Tons of fun and came home with lots of yummy berries.

    ozknitter(at)gmail(dot)com

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  107. Went to the country fair for the first time. Three days of crafts, costumes, food, and fun. Was a blast, can't wait to go next year.

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  108. I went to NYC for the first time this year, it's enormous and wonderful!

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  109. I am constantly trying new things. I'm new to sewing, brand new to quilting, new to crocheting, jewellery making, applique, embroidery, hardanger... you name it, it's new to me and I want to try it!

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  110. I've newly discovered embroidery - just love it! happy holidays

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  111. I went to a new place to cut my hair and it turned out well.
    anghhong@yahoo.com

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  112. THe newest recipe I tried was Nutellla cookies, the kids loved them!

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  113. I recently tried English Paper Piecing hexagons and became addicted. It is much more fun than I expected.

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  114. I hope to try a hexagon quilt sometime...ya, sometime! Count me in! ltenhage@gmail.com

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  115. FOOD! This year, we tried new Christmas cookies (mostly in conjunction with trying to use up food before we move). They included wheat flour, flax meal, rolled oats, and almond extract, all of which need to find a new home or a place in our bellies in the next 10 days :)

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  116. Something new I've done recently is to join a Musical Theatre group. I've done a fair bit of singing in my time but this sort of thing is completely new to me. We're putting on Me and My Girl next April but I don't know if I'll stick it out for that long.
    Teresa x

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  117. This past summer I went to China to visit my daughter who lives there! Trip of a lifetime! Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway!

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  118. Great giveaway, thank you. hmmm, something new....I made a new shaped Christmas runner this year, it's in the shape of a Christmas tree :) it can be found on Sew We Quilt. Merry Christmas!

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  119. Love the charm pack.
    I met a new Dr. that soon will help me meet my new daughter.
    I love trying/learning new things. I am getting ready to give crafting with felt a try.

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  120. This year has been one of NEW things! First off, January 7 I had a baby, then I started a blog, joined a church, created my first soft toy patterns, was a guest blogger, made my first tutorial, and just yesterday a project of mine was added to the Pellon projects website! Lots of NEW stuff this year, and it feels great!!!

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  121. Next year, I'm going to the london FQ sewing retreat! This will be a totally new (and wonderful) experience!!

    Thankyou for the awesome giveaway!

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  122. Blogging is my new thing!! I just started three months ago.

    I am entering this give away day at my blog too, so pop over and say hello if you get the chance

    http://sewasecondchance.blogspot.com/

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  123. I love trying new foods! Last weekend I tried rabbit for the first time.

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  124. Thanks for the opportunity! I tried hand quilting and I loved it!

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  125. We went to Japan last month. It is amazing the difference in freshness of the sushi! Once we got home, we already wanted to go back!

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  126. this summer, i took my family on a trip to the eastern provinces, and it was the first time that my kids saw the ocean, and it was my first time visiting Prince Edward Island! it was amazing!! gooberific @ yahoo.com

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  127. Somewhere new... last summer I went to Vietnam and Cambodia. It was awesome, and we saw so many interesting things. I'd go back in a moment!

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  128. The fabric is just lovely. My recent discover is that I love to crochet!!

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  129. This year I made a lime cheesecake off smittenkitchen! It was delicious!

    michaelacking (at) gmail (d0t) com

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  130. I am learning to do more complex blocks & am excited about it!

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  131. great giveaway! I tried a new quilt tool a clover iron and I LOVE IT!!

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  132. First, I LOVE those blues! Second, something new? Not a problem! I started making pottery this year. It was something I always wanted to try. I stuck my hands in the clay and BAM I haven't stopped since! I love it and I am a natural (so say my teachers).

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  133. My latest "new" thing is sewing. I just started this year and am loving it!! I've been wanting to make my mom a quilt for a while, and I think she'd love those blues! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  134. Oh wow - look at all them pretties. Blue is my fav colour too and I am just drooling. thank you for a great giveaway :)

    Well - we are trying some new food tonight. Sweetpotato chips made in the oven. I also had the pleasure in trying homemade cherry jam on the weekend - wowzers. That was delicious.

    Marilize
    marilize(dot)paulsen(at)gmail(dot)com

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  135. Wow, look at all these comments, lol! I just wanted to say that I took one look at that Hungarian Blue pattern, and fell in love. I NEED to make that quilt! Then I started thinking about Hungarian Goulash. Mmmm, yum...

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  136. I love that blue! So pretty. I did two new things this year that I'm kind of amazed by. I milked a cow (for a few squirts) and drove a 4 wheeler by myself.

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  137. I tried a new food, it sounds kind of lame when I think about it, but I was feeling brave at the time. It was a dip with cream cheese topped with pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. And it was delicious.

    I enjoyed the podcast a few weeks ago! I finally had some time to listen uninterrupted. I am looking forward to this newest one.

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  138. Something new.... Hmmm.... Well, I made Irish Soda Bread for the first time last week and it was delicious! and Simple! Lovely prize, thanks for a chance!

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  139. This year I started to like black licorice. It is not the grandpa candy I once thought it was.

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  140. This year we took the kids to Disney World. The first time for everyone in our family.
    mframe00@gmail.com

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  141. The next year will be full of new things for me (most of them are now already in the progress)... my first written grant, my first publications, finally the end of my thesis, my first patent!

    Yes, all work related in a kind but being a scientist out of curiosity and joy it is really also a lot of who I am and what I lvoe and not only work :)

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  142. Hi! Fantastic blue fabrics! I do hope I win! Thank you for sharing!
    Something new ... this summer I had a new work taking care of rental Holiday Homes! And yes - I have tried to create first time with polymer clay! That is going to be fun!
    nerospostatgmaildotcom

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  143. I am still trying new things while quilting. I am planning to make a flying geese quilt , new for me.... I just bought some quilting stencils and used one yesterday, also new for me. ............

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  144. Pomegranate juice! I had it for the first time last week and it is so tasty.

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  145. I recently tried polenta for the first time....now i am addicted..lol thank you for the chance to win.

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  146. Great giveaway! I love meringue cake.

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  147. I recently went to a new Arabic restaurant - this was my first time sampling Middle Eastern cuisine; everything was delish! I can't wait to go back!
    Best,
    Michelle
    daydreambelievershop(at)gmail(dot)com

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  148. The only new thing I can think of is I am going to be a witness at a trial. Was supposed to happen today but the judge never showed up. Maybe tomorrow. I am so nervous.
    Merry Christmas!

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  149. Started going to a new church this year. Met lots of new wonderful people. It's fabulous! (BTW, food is pretty fabulous too!) froggygirldesigns at gmail dot com

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  150. Recently tried a flax seed meal recipe from Bob's Mill. I tried different variations to make healthy muffins. Thank for this opportunity to have that luscious blue fabric.
    skowens (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  151. I tried stitching little hearts in FMQ, it looks okay; makes me want to practice more! That is my goal for 2012

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  152. Loving our new Christmas Tradition: Reading "Jotham's Journey" aloud by candle light and christmas tree light each night of advent.

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  153. This year I taught myself to sew. It was a completely new venture as I had never sewn before and I am so glad I did! It is amazing fun and it feels good looking back and seeing how far I have come.

    Katy
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  154. I have discovered pinterest this year - oh my so many cool things to try

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  155. Never, ever thought I would like sushi. My son intoduced me to a new resturant and low and behold I realy like sushi. Especially the California Roll.

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  156. This year, my new thing is being a mom! :) I had my first baby at the end of January and it is the most wonderful new experience I have ever had!!! :) Thanks for the chance to win some great fabric! :)

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  157. this week I visited Crimson Tate, a new modern quilt store in downtown Indianapolis - it was super fun!

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  158. NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    I'D LIKE TO SHARE THIS YUMMY RECIPE:

    Cherry-Almond Bars

    1 C butter
    2 C sugar
    3 C all-purpose flour
    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 teaspoon almond extract
    1 teaspoon salt
    21-ounce can of cherry pie filling
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    Blend shortening and sugar together; add next 5 ingredients and mix well. Pour (this is like cookie dough so you may have to use your hands to pat it onto the cookie sheet) 3/4 of the batter into a greased 15"x10" jellyroll pan; spread cherry pie filling over the top. Dot with remaining batter (I drop it by teaspoonfuls all over the top); bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Drizzle with Almond Glaze (below) while still warm; cut into bars to serve. Makes about 3 dozen bars. Enjoy!

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  159. Such a generous giveaway! I knit socks and I recently tried an afterthought heel for the first time.

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  160. Something new... hm... well lately, I've found that doing work at Barnes and Noble, rather than in my house or dorm, is much more enjoyable. I've been enjoying a new atmosphere :)

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  161. I just meet 99 new people when I started vet school this fall.

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  162. Something new for me is making almost all of my Christmas presents on my sewing machine. Never did that before!

    african.joy at hotmail dot com

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  163. We had the delightful opportunity to visit Ireland this fall. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  164. I tried a new recipe for pumpkin cake this fall. Super easy too, just a box cake mix (love using lemon), a small can of pumpkin, and 3 eggs. I also found a great recipe for a butter cream frosting that is not uber-sweet. Lovely together!

    majorasue(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  165. I tried a new recipe for a chocolate chip cookie dough cake, delish!
    nikkipeachy AT yahoo DOT com

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  166. I've just started going to Modern Jive classes and am really enjoying it.

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  167. NOthing new with me, but I love food....too much. Heading to my son's for Christmas to eat a lot of it.....grin.

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  168. I am learning all about what is in processsed food as I learn to cook for someone with many, many food intolerances. Eye opening for sure. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  169. I tried making Satsuma marmalade for the first time yesterday. It's quite yummy! I plan to be making more soon!

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  170. We had brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving for the first time!

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  171. I have learned that I must take time for myself or I am not a happy camper. I also went to the Grand Canyon for the first time and loved it. I can't wait to go back!

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  172. Great giveaway--thanks for the chance! Something new for me is running, I just started in late summer and I'm addicted. :)

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  173. I recently made the acquaintance of a very nice quilter who lives not far from me. This woman had left a comment on my blog, and we exchanged several emails. We will meet in person at a quilt guild meeting in January. Seems she and I know some of the same people.

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  174. on my 30 b-day i tried cocolate covered crikets. Will not be doing that again. thanks for the give a way

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  175. I'm so boring! I have only tried new sewing things. I made sleeves for the first time this past month.

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  176. I just tried a Pumpkin Pie liqueur that is wonderful, and a new brand of Irish Cream liqueur called McCormick and I had a salad today at Wendy's the Baja or something like that with chili in it. It was wonderful!

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  177. A new thing I've tried is lemon drop cookies made by my mother and 6yo grandniece. They taste wonderful (yes, ate more than one this afternoon). Thanks for the giveaway.

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  178. I tried eggnog this year (as every year) but this year it was from a local dairy and I loved it! That has never happened to me before.

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  179. I found a few new authors that I like - Clare O'Donohue and Earlene Fowler. Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!

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  180. Everythin g in my life is new - we moved in June, so I am adjusting to a new state with a radically new (read - cold) climate. I am also not working now after giving up the best job in the world :-( BUT I now have lots of time for crafts and can focus more attention on my family. Change is hard, but it is an opportunity to grow! Thanks for the chance to win - I love the blue fabrics!!!

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  181. The new thing that I tried recently, is actually a very old skill -- hand quilting. I made a queen size quilt for my mother for Christmas and when I went to quilt it with my machine I found out that it was too large to manipulate. So I quilted it entirely by hand. I'm not sure if I want to do that again. It looks very good, but it was quite a time consuming task.

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  182. I tried a recipe for peanut butter cookies, they were yummy.

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  183. Quilting was something I tried new just a few months ago and now I am hooked!!!!

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  184. Yippeee! A pretty blue quilt kit AND Kate Spain fabric! Thank you for having such a great giveaway. :)

    This year I was introduced to an interesting eatery in Portland, OR. My sister and her prince charming took me to the Hotcake House. 24/7 breakfast. I had the bacon waffle, which was Amazing with an upper case A. Crispy waffle with 2 slices of crispy, salty bacon baked right inside. Warm maple syrup. It was heavenly.

    Not everything there is as good as that waffle, but if you're in the mood for some atmosphere (and a goodly amount of grease in the air), hit the Hotcake House. lol

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  185. I'm trying a new knitting pattern at the moment- it's not as hard as I thought it might be, thankfully!

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  186. I tried cables for the first time. Not so hard and they look great!

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  187. I went blueberry picking today and tried out a new blueberry cheesecake recipe. It was divine....

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  188. Check out these amazing recipes, especially the carrot cake. http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/recipes.html

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  189. I just made a barley-chicken salad - new for us and so yummy! With grape tomatoes, avacado, bacon, edamame and a homemade dressing! Thanks for the chance to win! ryansarahn at gmail dot com.

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  190. I learned how to knitt. I still stink at it, so I need some serious practice=) Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  191. I just barely made pot holders for the first time. I was surprised how easily they came together and I love how they turned out.

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  192. I discovered TN and KY this year and I have to say, I thought I wouldn't like KY, but I can't wait to go back and bring my kids. And I totally love TN, want to move there!

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  193. I've just started going to a craft group using www.meetup.com and it has lovely people.

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  194. At Thanksgiving I made a new Pie! Usually go with plain Apple (always a super big hit, though), but this time I made Apple Cranberry! Oh my, everyone (myself included) loved it!

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  195. Thanks for the giveaway! Most recently I've tried a new recipie it was for pineapple upside down cake. I'm not much of a cook but this was very good!

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  196. Here's something new that I'd like to try: flying trapeze lessons.

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  197. I tried my go cutter to make a tumbler quilt! It was so easy!

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  198. This year I have a NEW job in a NEW field! I used to be a teacher, but now I work at a neuroscience lab! WOO HOO!

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  199. I just tried a new-to-me recipe for cutout Christmas cookies with sour cream in the dough (from the One Good Thing blog) and they are fantastic, the whole family loves them. Those are really fabulous things to giveaway; thanks so much for the chance to win!

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